Video commentary on Judges 7 & 8 by Dr. Bob Utley, retired Professor of Hermeneutics (Bible Interpretation). Judges, in the beginning chapters, shows us how limited was the conquest of Joshua. Joshua basically defeated the major Canaanite walled cities and their military potential. God left the hard job of occupation to each of the tribes in their own area, 2:6. This strategy was to test the new generation of Israelites who had not seen God's miracles of the Exodus and Conquest, 2:1-10; 3:1. The new generation failed the test, 2:11ff; 3:7,12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1. God responded to their sin by sending foreign oppressors to punish His people. The people repented and cried out to God for help. God sent a "deliverer." Then for a period of years the land was peaceful. This is basically the pattern that describes the book of Judges, 2:6-16:31 ("Sin, Sorrow, Supplication, Salvation"). Part of the "You Can Understand the Bible"TM series. For more of Dr. Utley's Bible study guides, and audio and video sermons and commentaries, go to www.freebiblecommentary.org.